Intel immerses its servers in oil — and they like it!

A handful of Intel servers just emerged from a yearlong bath in an oil-based coolant, and the results were remarkable. The servers ran at a PUE just above 1.0, and showed no ill effects from the oil. Is oil immersion coming to a rack near you?

Watch A Server Get Dunked In Oil

Watch Green Revolution Cooling’s liquid-cooled server tech, which involves dunking servers in mineral oil. The benefits are more efficient — read less expensive — cooling for data center operators.

For Greener Data Centers, Give Servers an Oil Bath

Dunking servers in a bath of oil sounds like the fastest way to break some very expensive hardware, but not for startup Green Revolution Cooling, which builds energy efficient liquid-cooled servers. Its first customer, collocation firm Midas Networks, will implement the technology later this year.

Will IT Managers Warm to Liquid-Cooled Servers?

A recent effort from startups is under way to move liquid cooling from the computer enthusiast realm into the commercial data center industry. What’s the lure? Big energy savings. But is that enough to get IT managers to roll up their sleeves and get their hands wet?

A couple of weeks ago, Sheffield, UK-based Iceotope showed off a liquid-cooled server system at the Supercomputing 2009 show. Iceotope says its technology can cut data center cooling costs by a whopping 93 percent by dropping servers into an electronics-friendly liquid. And, as it turns out, it’s not the only liquid cooling startup in town.
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Are Liquid-Cooled Servers Coming to a Data Center Near You?

In recent weeks, a server cooling concept that greatly reduces data center power consumption has been causing a bit of a stir. During the Supercomputing 2009 conference, two startups, Iceotope and Green Revolution Cooling, promised to drastically reduce the energy it takes to keep computing hardware cool by doing something a little unconventional. Their solution: dunking server hardware in liquid. he one thing these liquid-cooled systems have going for them is huge savings, plain and simple. But will it catch on?

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Will liquid-cooled servers become a fixture in data centers? A couple of startups think so. I already profiled Iceotope over at Earth2Tech, but another company called Green Revolution Cooling has emerged with plans to bring to market a mineral oil-based system in the spring of 2010 that the company claims will reduce data center power consumption by 45 percent. Although price is an unknown, this video reveals that the upfront costs for GRC’s system is the same or slightly lower compared to traditional cooling.